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Celebrating Indigenous Stories

“All that we are is story. From the moment we are born to the time we continue on our spirit journey, we are involved in the creation of the story of our time here…we change the world, one story at a time…”— Richard Wagamese, Ojibwe from Wabeseemoong Independent Nations, Canada, Author of Indian Horse, Medicine Walk.

As National Indigenous History Month wraps up in June, Hot Docs is excited to keep the celebration of Indigenous stories going into the summer—and beyond. Presented in partnership with Traditional Indigenous Knowledge Consultant Fred Martin, this specially-curated program will explore the vital storytelling traditions of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples of Turtle Island—and offer powerful food for thought at a moment of national reckoning. In three uplifting films, and an illustrated digital lecture, we hope to offer space for reflection and inspiration, celebrating the life-changing, life-affirming stories that form the cultural bedrock of our land.

This series is presented in partnership with Traditional Indigenous Knowledge Consultant Fred Martin, an Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) with ties to the M’Chigeeng First Nations of Manitoulin Island, Ontario and member of the Qalipu First Nations (Mi’kmaq) of the Port aux Port Peninsula, Newfoundland.

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Tickets—now available, series streaming as of June 24
Illustrated Workshop & Short Film To Wake Up: Free for Everyone
Remaining Films: Free for Hot Docs Members, $1.99 for non-members

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Celebrating Indigenous Stories: Illustrated Workshop

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  • Streaming June 24 - August 26

Join Traditional Indigenous Knowledge Consultant Fred Martin for this free illustrated lecture exploring and celebrating Indigenous storytelling traditions from across Turtle Island.



  • Canada
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  • Streaming June 24 - August 26
  • Dennis Allen

Turn on and tune in to CBQM, a citizen-run radio station that has kept the small northern community of Teetl'it Gwich'in, Fort McPherson connected and entertained for over three decades.


Spudwrench: Kahnawake Man

  • Canada
  • 57
  • Streaming June 24 - August 26
  • Alanis Obomsawin

After documenting the 1990 Oka Crisis in Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, acclaimed filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin returned behind the barricades—this time telling the story of the historic land dispute through the lens of one of its iconic activists: Mohawk steelworker Randy Horne.

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To Wake Up The Nakota Language (Short)

  • Canada
  • Streaming June 24 - August 26
  • Louise BigEagle

One of the last fluent Nakota speakers in Pheasant Rump First Nation, Saskatchewan, 69-year-old Armand McArthur is committed to revitalizing his language and culture for his community and future generations.

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